Secret Garden Party 2009, Sunday: The Universe
July 26, 2009 by Zoe
The Universe is so vast, surely it deserves at least a day to survey it with telescopes, the latest Hubble images, and a celebration of the history of rockets.
Mysteries of the Universe 1100-1200 Martin White, CERN
Martin, a high energy physicist with lots of energy, works on the ATLAS experiment of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva. He introduced us to the quantum Universe, where scientists searching for the answers to fundamental questions like ‘what is everything made of?’ and ‘how did everything get here?’ delve into the science of the very strange. They have uncovered the existence of invisible dark matter, the possibility of parallel Universes, and particles that can be in two places at once – but are they any closer to the ultimate answers they are looking for? Truth, as we always say, really is stranger than fiction.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Universe 1200-1300 Maggie Adderin-Pocock, Astrium Ltd
Bona fide rocket scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock took us on a journey through Space and Time for a taste of our extraordinary Universe. Our voyage began here on our home planet before traveling out through our solar system and beyond, past the Milky Way and out to the very edge of the Universe with the Hubble space telescope. As we flew past celestial bodies, tour guide Maggie brought galactic landmarks to life, explaining how we discover how truly awe inspiring our Universe is with live demonstrations.
Our Dynamic Sun 1300-1400 Helen Mason
We came face to face with the sun, our blazing star, with solar physicist Helen Mason of the University of Cambridge. Investigating how this explosive star impacts our world every single day, we got to grips with sunspots, solar flares and why 2012 could rock our world. Best part, by far: when a sun came to a lecture about the sun.
IT IS ROCKET SCIENCE! 1400-1500 Helen Keen
Comedian Helen Keen took us on a whistlestop tour of the Great Brains who put monkeys, ladies, dogs and gentlemen into orbit. Helen Keen loves space rockets, and brings their story to life with a fusion of stand-up comedy and tinfoil in her critically acclaimed one woman show – a celebration of stargazing, space-racing, and the boundless possibilities of an infinite Universe.
Beatbox Laboratory 1500-1600 Addy P and Yasson
What does it take to become a human beatbox, and can science help you beatbox better? We found out with a series of live experiments that performance scientist Aaron Williamon and biomedical engineer Evan Morgan conducted on battling volunteers. Helping us to perfect our techniques, champion beatboxer Yasson guided us through the art of sonic manipulation and the art of taking everyday sounds and forming them into structured rhythms, from standard drum snares and hi hats to auditory mimicry and vocal scratching.